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THE BIBLE PEINTEES. 




Did you ever think of the great 
mercy you now enjoy in having a 
cheap Bible in your 3wn language? 
Before the art of Drinting was 
known it took muo^ more than a 



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man could earn in a whole year 
to buy a Bible. Now a poor man 
as well as a rich merchant may 
have one for tenpence ? or a New 
Testament for fourpence. 

There are many lands now in the 
same dark state as England was 
in former times. But missionaries 
have <?one to them, and have 
worked hard to give the holy 
word to the people. You shall 
hear about some of these Bible 
printers, in one of the South Sea 
islands. 

These servants of Grod got from 
England a printing press, and 
type, and paper, and soon set to 
work. When the natives found 
what was going on, they ran to 
the place There they were in 
crowdfe every day, blocking up 



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the door, sitting by the windows, 
or climbing on the backs of others, 
all eager to get a look at what 
was going on, and crving out, 
"O Britain, land of skill! 5 ' 

The noise and interest were 
like as it is in England when a 
balloon is to go up for the first 
time, or a new railroad is to be 
opened. " When will the books 
be ready?" they cried. ""We will 
mve cocoa-nut oil for a book." 

One evening, as the sun was 
setting in gold and purple clouds 
on the sea, there came a canoe 
with five men in it, from another 
island. They pulled down the mat 
which served for a sail, jumped 
on shore, and ran quickly to the 
Bible printers. " What is it you 
have come for ?" they were asked* 



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"Lulca" or "Te Parau na LuJca" 
Luke, or The Word of Luke, 
was the reply. They then held 
up large bamboo canes filled with 
cocoa-nut oil, which they had 
brought to pay for the books. 
They w^ere told none were ready, 
but if they would come in the 
morning, they should have them. 
Night came on, and the Bible 
printers went to rest. In the 
morning they looked out of win- 
dow, and there they saw the 
five men lying along the ground, 
their only bed being a few leaves, 
" Why did you not go and find a 
lodging somewhere ? Why have 
you lain out of doors all this cold 
night ?" they were asked. " Oh/' 
they said, " we were afraid if we 
had gone away some one might 



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have come before us in the morn- 
ins:, and all the books would have 
been gone." 

The men then went into the 
house, and gave their oil for 
nve Bibles. They asked for two 
copies more, one for a sister, and 
another for a mother. Each book 
was now nicely wrapped in a piece 
of white native cloth, and put in 
the bosom. They did not stop 
to take any food, but pushing 
their canoe' from the shore on to 
the sea, they raised their matting 
sail, and steered away, rejoicing, 
to their native island. 

Now, what shall be said to those 
who can obtain the Bible without 
any trouble, and perhaps for 
nothing ? Not a part of it only, 
as the Gospel of St. Luke— but 



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the whole of the Old and New 
Testaments, nicely and strongly 
bound, and of a size which a boy 
may put in his pocket, or a girl 
in her little bag. 

Some children do not value any- 
thing which costs a small sum, or 
which they have got with ease. 
But if the young in England had 
to travel many miles, or over deep 
seas, for a copy of the Bible, they 
would learn to value it more than 
they do now. 

And when r, Bible is obtained, 
what is done with it ? It is very 
sad to see it thrown aside and 
unread ; or hid in a corner of a 
room, all over dust, and its leaves 
torn and soiled. Young reader, 
where is your Bible ? Is it kept 
neat and clean, or is it torn and 



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laid aside ? "When did you last 
read it ? Have you read a chapter 
to-day, or any day this week? 
How many verses have you 
learned during this last month ? 
When did you pray that God 
would give to you his Holy Spirit, 
to teach you from his word ? Do 
you seriously read in your Bible 
of the great love of Jesus Christ 
in dying on the cross to save sin- 
ners ? Can you repeat what he 
said when he invited little children 
to come to him ? Do you re- 
member any text about the evil 
and misery of sin ? or on the na- 
ture and duty of repentance ? or 
on being born again ? or on being 
saved through faith in the Son of 
Grod ? or on the joys of heaven ? 
or on the woes of hell ? Take 



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your slate, or a piece of paper, 
and write them down ; look at 
them carefully, and then pray to 
God to bless them to your soul. 

Oh ! sad indeed will it be for 
many children born in a Christian 
land, watched over by piou* 
parents, and taught by godly 
teachers, when they are called 
before the " great white throne, 5 ' 
to answer for the way in which 
they have ased the Bible- May 
you read it, and love it ! May it 
be your treasure and your guide ! 
May it be a lamp to your path, 
and direct you through this sinful 
world to the glory of heaven ! 

Let us be thankful that we may 

Read the Bible every day :— 
'Tis God's own Word, which he has given 

To guide us in the way to heaven. 

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Benjamin Pardon, Printer/ Paternoster Row, 



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What a strange and wondrous story 
From the Book of God is read, 

How the Lord of life and glory 
Had not where to lay his head ; 

How he left his throne in heaven, 

Here to suffer, bleed, and die, 

That my soul might be forgiven, 
And ascend to God on high. 



Father, let thy Holy Spirit 
Still reveal a Saviour's love, 

And prepare me to inherit 
Glory, where he reigns above. 

to. 

There, with saints and angels dwelling, 
May I that great love proclaim, 

And with them be ever telling 
All the wonders of his name. 



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